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Loud Road Noise Linked to Stroke in Older Adults
Date:1/26/2011

said.

For example, people living in areas with loud traffic noise are also likely have better access to fast food restaurants, and probably have a lower socioeconomic status than people in quieter suburban and rural areas, he noted. (The researchers also reported that a higher percentage of those exposed to noise over 60 decibels were from a lower income group, and since lower socioeconomic class is itself a predictor of stroke, they concluded they could not rule out the possibility that that skewed the results.)

"The other thing is, what do you do about it even if it's true? Move to electric cars and no horns?" Goldstein added.

The researchers had an answer for that.

Sorensen said the study could be used to argue for construction methods that limit exposure to traffic noise, such as roads built with noise-reducing asphalt and noise barriers, or homes built with noise-isolating windows and other materials that dampen loud sounds.

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To find out more about how loud noise affects your health, visit the World Health Organization.

SOURCES: Mette Sorensen, MSc, Ph.D., senior researcher, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology of Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, M.D., director, Duke Stroke Center, Duke University Health System; January 2011 European Heart Journal, online


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